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Live Reporting

Francesca Gillett

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodnight from us

    That's it for our live election coverage for today, thanks for reading.

    Here's our top story on the main news of today.

    And check back tomorrow for the news from day seven of the election campaign.

  2. In summary: What's happened today?

    So there ends the sixth day in the official election campaign. There's still plenty more to come, with four weeks and two days until the poll on 12 December.

    Here's a recap of what happened today:

    • Former Tory MP Nick Boles launched a scathing attack on his ex-colleague Mr Johnson in a piece he wrote in the Evening Standard. He accused Mr Johnson of being a "compulsive liar" and Mr Corbyn a "totalitarian".
    • Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have said they are launching legal action against ITV, after the broadcaster announced a head-to-head debate between Mr Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn but not Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson.
    • Separately, the Lib Dems have today proposed a £10,000 grant for every adult in England to put towards education and training - a so-called "skills wallet" which people are given in instalments over a period of 30 years.
    • Elsewhere, official figures from the Office for National Statistics show Britain's economy has grown at the slowest annual rate in almost a decade. Chancellor Sajid Javid calls it "another welcome sign" of a strong UK economy, but shadow chancellor John McDonnell says the government's response signals "how low their hopes and expectations for our economy are".
    • And politicians have paused on the campaign trail to mark Armistice Day. Politicians marked the day by offering pledges to improve the lives of UK service personnel and their families.
  3. Lib Dem candidate Kevin McNamara apologises and resigns over tweets

    Kevin McNamara - the candidate for Thurrock who is being investigated over tweets he allegedly posted - has resigned, a Lib Dem spokesperson says.

    "A disciplinary process has been instigated," they added.

    Screen shots circulated on Twitter show tweets Mr McNamara allegedly sent, including racist and homophobic language.

    In a statement, Mr McNamara says he is "deeply sorry" for the comments.

    “These words are deeply offensive and I apologise profusely to everybody that I have offended with these tweets," he adds.

    “I would never want to undermine the voices of those communities with slurs or degradation and it's important that people who want to represent the public are held to the very highest standard. I am resigning as a candidate with immediate effect for the upcoming election.

    “I apologise to all of those I have let down with my past conduct and will work hard to regain their trust."

  4. Tuesday's Sun: Cheers Nige!

    The Sun
  5. Tuesday's i: Farage's retreat

    The i newspaper
  6. Tuesday's Daily Express: Farage's election gift for Boris

    The Express calls it a "huge election boost" for Mr Johnson, adding that his announcement "electrified" the Tories' campaign.

    Daily Express
  7. Tuesday's Daily Mail: Nice one, Nigel... but it's still not enough

    Polling experts say Mr Farage's move might not be enough to hand the Tories a majority, the Mail says.

    Daily Mail
  8. Tuesday's Times: Tories urge Farage: Pull your candidates out of every marginal

    The Times reports that cabinet ministers have warned that Nigel Farage will be personally to blame if Britain does not leave the EU, urging him to pull out of every marginal seat.

    The Times
  9. Tuesday's Daily Star: Bring back Grange Hill to save Britain

    And the Star also leads with a non-election story. The creator of Grange Hill wants the BBC to bring back his school drama, arguing it could help teach youngsters about things like knife crime.

    Daily Star
  10. Tuesday's Daily Mirror: Sold down the river

    The Daily Mirror does not lead with an election story - but its top story on the flooding in the north of England does refer to the Tories' spending on flood defences.

  11. Tuesday's Guardian: Farage urged to give Tories free run at Labour seats

    The Guardian calls it a "dramatic public U-turn" from Nigel Farage - and reports that senior Tories are now pressing behind the scenes for further concessions.

    Tuesday's Guardian
  12. What does Nigel Farage's decision mean for Boris Johnson's election race?

    Laura Kuenssberg

    BBC political editor

    First of all, this does clearly gives Boris Johnson an easier time in some of the seats that the Tories need to hold - there's no question about that.

    But second of all, if he wants to get the majority that he craves, the Tories have to be taking seats from the other parties and particularly in this context, from Brexit voters who normally vote Labour.

    Now in a really tightly-fought seat - somewhere where it's really close between Labour and the Conservaive Party - if those natural Labour voters who were Brexiteers decide to go for the Brexit Party then the Tory Party would be very likely to come up short in their competition to get the majority that they crave.

    But the third thing to say about all of this. It was not so long ago that in the European elections in the spring that Nigel Farage's Brexit Party looked like they had the chance of sweeping through the political establishment.

    That was his dream. And today he has been shown to have fallen well short of that. Of course his party is still likely to have an impact on this election.

    But in the words of one insider in Westminster tonight, it's like the finish line has been moved a little bit, but it's basically still the same race.

  13. Tuesday's Daily Telegraph: Farage retreats from every Tory seat

    The Telegraph says Mr Farage "bowed to immense pressure from within his whole party".

    The Telegraph front page
  14. More on Andrew Griffiths' possible deselection

    Chris Doidge

    BBC Radio Derby, political reporter

    Andrew Griffiths

    The Conservative prospective candidate for Burton, Andrew Griffiths, has failed to win the backing of local Conservative Party members.

    A vote of the local association was split 50/50 - meaning the contest will be opened up to other candidates tomorrow.

    It's unclear whether Mr Griffiths will continue to pursue the nomination.

    The meeting at Burton Town Hall was described as fractious by many members, and some questioned whether the meeting was biased towards Mr Griffiths.

    The chair of the local Conservative association, Conor Wileman, said tonight he would not be able to campaign for Andrew Griffiths if he was selected.

    Andrew Griffiths was exposed in a Sunday newspaper as having sent 2,000 texts to two female constituents, many of them of a sexual nature. He says he's since received mental health treatment.

    He was cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog. The watchdog said it found no evidence he sent them while he would have been engaged in parliamentary activities.

    Mr Griffiths left the meeting through a back door and did not comment publicly.

  15. Countdown to BBC in Bishop Auckland

    Many BBC outlets will be broadcasting from Bishop Auckland in Country Durham tomorrow as we put the focus on a constituency where a big Labour majority of more than 20,000 has been steadily chipped away over the last six elections, so it is now regarded as a marginal seat.

    Labour's majority at the last election was just 502.

    Our radio colleague Adrian Goldberg is already busily touting for customers.

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  16. Lib Dems investigate candidate's tweets

    The Liberal Democrats say they have have "immediately opened disciplinary investigations" into tweets that appear to have been posted by one of the party's candidates, Kevin McNamara.

    Mr McNamara is the party's candidate for Thurrock.

  17. Tuesday's Metro: Cheers Nigel!

    in the papers, the Metro also leads with Nigel Farage's decision not to stand against the Tories in Conservative-held seats.

    Metro newspaper Tuesday
  18. Local party members try to deselect candidates

    At the weekend, Labour Party candidate Kate Osborne apologised for sharing an image of former Conservative prime minister Theresa May with a gun pointed at her head.

    She is the party's contender for the safe seat of Jarrow, but now local party members have written to Labour's general secretary asking for Ms Osborne to be removed.

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    Meanwhile, Conservative Party members in Burton voted tonight on whether to keep Andrew Griffiths as their candidate.

    Following an investigation into sexual messages that he sent to two barmaids, Mr Griffiths was cleared of wrongdoing by the parliamentary standards watchdog.

    Tonight, the vote was tied so he has not yet been either selected or deselected and there will be another meeting tomorrow night.

    View more on twitter
  19. Tuesday's FT: Farage hints at broader retreat

    The first of tomorrow's newspaper front pages has arrived and its top story is on the big election news of today: Nigel Farage's withdrawing of hundreds of candidates from Tory-held seats.

    The Financial Times calls it a "humbling moment" for Mr Farage.

    Financial Times Tuesday
  20. Tories' estimation of Labour spending plans 'a fag packet calculation'

    At the weekend, a spending row broke out after the Conservatives claimed they had added up Labour's policies and estimated they would cost £1.2tn over the course of the next five years.

    Chris Morris, from the BBC's fact-checking team Reality Check, says the figure the Tories came out with over the weekend is "basically a fag packet calculation" - although "quite a big fag packet" as their estimation is more than 30 pages long.

    But there's a few problems with the way they've come up with the figure, he tells the BBC's Electioncast. Watch him explain more here:

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